March 2014

There’s a Reason Why Boring Interfaces Like Reddit Engage Crowds

People visit sites repeatedly because they can do things about things they care about. Here’s a great answer on the topic of why Reddit has such high engagement with people across a variety of backgrounds, age groups, interests, and ideologies despite its rather “ugly” interface: Read Quote of Oliver Emberton’s answer to reddit (website): Why …

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Whew…long day @HarrelsonAgency. 119 Basecamp project todos crossed off. 21 more to go!

Link Rot

I’m extremely interested in the digital dark age we’re producing, especially when it comes to link rot… Eight years later, the site still exists, essentially frozen in time. That provides an interesting window into the phenomenon of “link rot,” or hyperlinks that used to work but now point to dead pages. Our analysis found that …

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Watching the new Cosmos on Fox (Newton episode) and really miss being an 8th grade science teacher now.

Miss this goofy guy and I wonder how he’d deal with Willie and Waylon.

If you like to read and love books,  you should be listening to Elizabeth’s and Merianna’s podcast. Good stuff.

I love that @pocketcasts now has Chromecast capabilities. I live by podcasts so this is very welcomed.

Decomposers and Radiation

Chilling to see the results of Chernobyl still working themselves out in the natural world… “Apart from a few ants, the dead tree trunks were largely unscathed when we first encountered them,” says Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and lead author of the study. “It was striking, given that …

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Now That’s an Obit

Interesting man… Nigel Groom, who has died aged 89, was an Arabist, historian, author, soldier, spy-catcher and perfume connoisseur. These pursuits saw him fend off a tribal assassination attempt in Aden, uncover a KGB spy embedded in the RAF and explain the association between frankincense and Christ’s divinity. via Nigel Groom – obituary – Telegraph.

I’m in love with QuizUp now that it’s on Android. My go-to app when I have a 5 min break these days.